Devs with New Apple TV - Built in VPN?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by BFaro, Sep 19, 2015.

  1. BFaro macrumors newbie

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    I guess this a question for any devs that have received the new AppleTV. Can you tell me if it has built in VPN settings/capabilities? You can't use a VPN service directly with the current model. I want to be able to access the US apps without using my laptop as a go-between (ethernet) or going through an unblocking site. Thanks.
     
  2. aduteau macrumors 6502a

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    would realy like to know this too !
    I am using a VPN on current apple TV to access Netflix America
     
  3. BFaro thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. 2010mini macrumors 68040

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    I don't think they are allowed to talk about this stuff
     
  5. ianrip macrumors 6502

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    can anyone update us with this , since the blackout period has passed
     
  6. maehara macrumors regular

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    I'd be willing to bet 'no', since that would allow region locks to be circumvented and seriously annoy the "content providers" that Apple need to develop apps for the thing.

    Would be very happy to be proven wrong, though....
     
  7. ianrip macrumors 6502

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    I find the VPN on ios is very good, however the airplay feature isn’t the best, and some apps don't work (SkyGO)
    Also I think it can be done on your router, but the set up process seems complicated
     
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  10. RB1959 macrumors member

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    Connect it to a VPN router is the best bet.
     
  11. ianrip macrumors 6502

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    I’m thinking of using a dedicated router for this sole purpose, would an airport express be okay?
    Am I allowed to ask for set up instructions here, and recommendations for a VPN???
     
  12. Marshall73 macrumors 6502a

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    If it's just for Netflix use something like unblock-us or similar, that way it doesn't impede your network speed.
     
  13. RB1959 macrumors member

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    I use a Sabai OS router which works really well because you can choose the gateway for each device and its really simple to set up. I have my TV/Freesat box/Apple TV connected to UK VPN and my Mac I can switch between VPN or local as I wish. For VPN provider I'm currently using Purevpn which works well for me here in France.
     
  14. big samm macrumors 65816

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    Same here using a Sabai router for years now solely to access U.S Netflix... Works great and im using Strong Vpn for the service...
     
  15. alvanorichie, Dec 28, 2016
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    I dont know if there`s some built in vpn app for apple tv but you can setup vpn using 2 methods:
    1. Install VPN app(automatic) or Configure(manual) the Apple TV VPN on your iOS/Mac and mirror from the device
    2. Configure the Apple TV VPN on your router (Using Airplay)
     
  16. fhall1 macrumors 68040

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    Neither of those solutions uses a VPN on the Apple TV, so saying "Install VPN app(automatic) or Configure(manual) the Apple TV VPN" or "Configure the Apple TV VPN on your router" is misleading. In the first, you're configuring a VPN app on a separate device and then airplaying to the ATV from that device. In the second option you're configuring your whole network - including the ATV to be on a VPN (via the router) so you wouldn't need to airplay anything in that case.
     
  17. ianrip macrumors 6502

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    I use SmartDNS, its great, can use it for Mac mini and ATV no problem

    If you don't have access to the router you are connected please find Smart DNS Proxy setup instructions for AppleTV below:

    1. On Apple TV, go the Settings > General > Network.
    2. Select Wi-Fi for wireless network or Ethernet if you have wired connection. For wireless network you'll have to select Wi-Fi network and may need to enter Wi-Fi password (if you didn't do it before).
    3. Go to Configure DNS and switch it to Manual.
    4. Enter following Smart DNS Proxy Ips for Preferred DNS server and Alternate DNS Server and click "Done":

    its about 30 US per year
     

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